ARC Review

Ferocity and Ambitiously Admirable #OwnVoices Read That *NEEDS* to be on Your TBR ♥️ | ARC Review: Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of the book from Algonquin Young Readers PR in exchange for an honest review! However, the thoughts, opinions expressed in the review are entirely my own!

An #ownvoices novel all about a ferocious young woman with dreams that society would want her to believe are useless and she is absolutely unworthy of actually achieving those dreams!

You, each female reading this knows EXACTLY what I am talking about – because we have all been there. No matter how supportive our own people may have been for our dreams, and ambitions; there would have been always someone, at least a few people will always be there to rain your parade!

It never surprises me anymore, as to how people, especially males tend to hate and loathe when a woman not only starts to dream for herself,  but also has the audacity to achieve them!

Case in point, our protagonist, Camilla lives in a small town in Argentina with her conservative parents and brother – though a family like most others in their town; obsessed with football.

For her father; and his dead dreams, it’s her brother’s talent for playing football is their ticket out of their poor economic status while Camilia would be better off trying to score a professional footballer to take her along for the ride.

But Camila has her own dreams and aspirations – the fact is that she is La Furia – a nickname she earned as a football player in her own right with her fiery attitude and talent on the field!

She knows that she has giant obstacles in her path to playing professional football but she has made her choice; and it is a goal that she is determined to achieve; no matter how many heartbreaks she has to endure in that path.

And she has to endure a lot.

I had nothing but admiration for Camila – it is her strength and her determination that forms the basis of her own life – she is the kind of role model I sincerely wish every youngster, no matter what gender they identify with, needs when they pick up a book to get away from reality!

Fiercely honest and dearly ambitious; Furia is the kind of #ownvoices novels that need to read and that need to spread throughout the reading community!

⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ .5

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